Mobility Technology Planning Forum (MTPF) Summary

Overview
The Emerging Technology Advisory Board (ETAB) of SAE sponsored the Mobility Technology Planning Forum (MTPF) '02 in Phoenix, Arizona in January, 2002. This was a structured forum for 45 attendees invited from the three major industry segments served by SAE. They were to identify and cross-link enabling innovative technologies for solving the challenges involved in Universally Friendly, Global Design & Build, and Have It My Way. These attendees were selected to represent industry, academia, and government.

ETAB, which was chaired by Dr. Jamie Hsu of General Motors, sponsored the meeting. Dr. Robert Krieger of Boeing and Bharat Vedak of Cummins were the co-organizers for this forum. The three industry segments and session leaders were identified as follows:

Key IndustrySession Leaders
Passenger CarTom Moore, DaimlerChrysler
Heavy DutySteve Craney, Riverside Electronics
Air TransportationDon Nilson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

It is the belief of the ETAB that many synergies exist among the needs of the three sectors: air transportation, heavy duty, and passenger car. This belief was further substantiated by MTPF �02 in the specific needs identified by each sector and further by the top technologies that each sector is pursuing to meet some of these specific needs. The synergies in both the needs and the technologies areas should give many opportunities for cooperative programs across industry sectors. The beauty of this approach is that most of the "cross-linked" needs and technologies can be approached across industry in a non-competitive environment.

Identification of common technology challenges in the area of Universally Friendly:

  • System Design for Flexibility and Modular Independent Subsystems, Intelligent, Fault Tolerant, Adaptive
  • Telematics/High Bandwidth Data Transfer
  • Knowledge Management/Expert Systems
  • Prognostics/Embedded Sensors
  • Object Detection and Recognition
  • Human Machine Interface

Identification of common technology challenges in the area of Global Design and Build:

  • E-Collaboration (Virtual Tools)
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • Emission Technologies
  • On-Board Diagnostics
  • Autonomous Controls
  • Improved Human-Machine Interfaces

Identification of common technology challenges in the area of Have It My Way:

  • Modular Design
  • Virtual Reality Tools
  • Knowledge-Based Product Support
  • Plug and Play - Open Architecture
  • Seven-Day Car
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Tools to Integrate Business and Engineering

Identification of top prioritized enabling technologies:

  • E-Collaboration (Virtual Tools)
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • Emission Technologies
  • On-board Diagnostics
  • Autonomous Controls
  • Improved Human-Machine Interfaces
  • System Design for Flexibility and Modular Independent Subsystems, Intelligent, Fault Tolerant, Adaptive
  • Telematics/High Bandwidth Data Transfer
  • Knowledge Management/Expert Systems

Push technologies identified:

  • On-Board Hydrogen Generation
  • NaBH Fuel - Safe, Dense Storage of Hydrogen
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Systems
    • Electric Drives/Fuel Cells
  • Intelligent Vehicle Systems
    • Interface with Intelligent Highways
    • Electronic Safety Cocoon Systems
    • Drive-By Wireless Systems, Operator-Assist
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Voice-Activated Systems
  • MEMS-Based Systems
  • Short Range Wireless Technology ( i.e. Blue Tooth)
  • Smart Cards - with as-built history, or used for customized configurations
  • Designer Materials
  • Diesel Exhaust NOx Absorbers
  • Energy Recovery and Storage Technologies
  • Nano-Technology
  • Self-Assembling Materials
    • Spintronics

MTPF 1999 summary
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